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Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley
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it was amazing
bookshelves: art, bullies, family, friendship, girls, history, youth, possible-srp-2018, new-york-city

Part magical, part mystery, mostly realistic fiction, this book is a treasure.
Upon returning to school after her grandfather's funeral, Joplin knows she is facing two tormenting dilemmas - her ongoing friendless state and the certain harassment from her classmates about her famous, eccentric, all-over-the-news grandfather. Kids get suspended, a teacher handles things poorly and Joplin takes a few days off, too.
Joplin brought home a broken antique platter from her grandfather's house as a memento and has it restored with her aunt's help. While feeling sad and lonely she longingly looks at the girl in the platter and wishes for the girl to be her friend and to have a friend at school. The next morning she notices a girl in her garden who looks like...the now missing girl from the platter! And Joplin makes a friend at school. Life gets complicated with this friend who has no home of her own and needs food, shelter and truly wants to get back to the mid 1600s. Life gets dangerous when a man from the 1600s wants Joplin's magic platter.
Author Stanley brings us a main character who grows and develops, strong secondary characters, a great sense of place, and mystery and magic.
Starred review from Booklist is right on target.

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Reading Progress

May 22, 2017 – Shelved
May 22, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: art
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: bullies
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: girls
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: history
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: friendship
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: family
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: youth
June 25, 2017 – Finished Reading
June 26, 2017 – Shelved as: possible-srp-2018
June 26, 2017 – Shelved as: new-york-city

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